Microsoft, in collaboration with OpenAI, is publishing research on emerging threats in the age of AI, focusing on identified activity associated with known threat actors Forest Blizzard, Emerald Sleet, Crimson Sandstorm, and others. The observed activity includes prompt-injections, attempted misuse of large language models (LLM), and fraud.
Our mission to empower defenders and protect and secure organizations has never been more important to us. Over the last year, our customers have faced unpredictable challenges and nearly overnight have had to quickly adapt in the face of a new hybrid work environment, evolving sophistication and scope of threats, and global and economic uncertainty. The trust that customers have put into us through this journey has been humbling. No matter what the future holds, we are deeply committed to continuing to help customers prepare and adapt with security innovation that offers the best protection, detection, and response in their multi-cloud, multi-platform environments and empowers defenders to move ahead of the speed of an attack.
We are so grateful to our customers who have collaborated with us in creating one of the best endpoint security solutions on the market and are thrilled that Gartner has recognized this work and the journey we’ve taken alongside our customers by naming Microsoft a Leader in the 2021 Endpoint Protection Platforms (EPP) Magic Quadrant, positioned highest on the ability to execute.
According to Gartner, Leaders “have broad capabilities in advanced malware protection, and proven management capabilities for large enterprise accounts. Increasingly, Leaders provide holistic XDR platforms that allow customers to consolidate their other tools and adopt a single-vendor solution.”
Our evolution in the endpoint security space has been accelerating with the release of proven security capabilities that are central to our customer’s needs, including:
- Delivering the best of breed in endpoint security by leading in the latest MITRE Engenuity ATT&CK evaluation, tracking and researching the latest advanced threats and adversaries such as human-operated ransomware, web shell attacks, HOLMIUM, the Astaroth fileless attack, NOBELIUM, exchange server attacks, and offering post-breach blocking of malicious behavior, malware, and other artifacts with endpoint detection and response (EDR) in block mode.
- Offering security for all devices and platforms so that security teams can close gaps in their attack surface with industry-leading security for macOS and Linux servers, mobile threat defense for Android and iOS, and discovery of unmanaged devices.
- Enabling organizations to rapidly assess and improve their security posture with advancements in vulnerability management, protection at the firmware and hardware level with Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) scanning, offering solution hardening with tamper protection, and enabling security and IT teams with a unified management plane with Microsoft Endpoint Manager.
- Extending endpoint security capabilities with broad solution integration enabling shadow IT discovery through endpoint Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB), protection of sensitive data with, endpoint data loss prevention (DLP), and the ability to scale your security investments with a growing third-party ecosystem of security technology and managed services partners.
All of these innovations are seamlessly built into Microsoft 365 Defender, our solution offering XDR capabilities for identities, endpoints, cloud apps, email, and documents. Microsoft 365 Defender delivers intelligent, automated, and integrated security in a unified SecOps experience, with detailed threat analytics and insights, unified threat hunting, and rapid detection and automation across domains—detecting and stopping attacks anywhere in the kill chain and eliminating persistent threats.
You can download the complimentary report to get more details on our positioning as a Leader. Our customers and partners have been on this incredible journey with us, and for that, we owe our immense gratitude and share this recognition with them.
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Gartner Magic Quadrant for Endpoint Protection Platforms, Peter Firstbrook, Dionisio Zumerle, Prateek Bhajanka, Lawrence Pingree, Paul Webber, 05 May 2021.
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